Ric was probably born sometime between 1940 and 1945 – which puts him between 66 and 71-ish, today. However, his DOB is as obscure as everything else about him.
What we DO know is he was born in London and went to RADA – then traveled to America and studied Method Acting.
Furthermore, his first film was an extraordinary British sci-fi B-movie called “Invasion” (1965). The film was noteworthy for its “realistic” feel and style of acting.
Its star was the redoubtable Edward Judd. Ric (then calling himself Eric) played an alien, who is knocked down on a foggy country lane, then gets taken to a cottage hospital, where Edward is the attending physician.
Interestingly, Judd’s character remarks to Tsai Chin, who plays a nurse, about the unconscious stranger – asking her if she thinks he is Chinese. She casually looks at the recumbent stranger and slowly answers, “No, not Chinese – maybe Korean” (or something like that).
The reason this is interesting, is that ALL the aliens in Invasion are played by Oriental actors – their leader being Yoko Tani – a Japanese actress. But the fact the hospital has a Chinese NURSE, goes AGAINST the obvious idea that the film’s producers simply cast Oriental actors as the aliens, figuring that to British audiences at that time, Chinese people WOULD be alien – and they could thus save money on complicated make-up.
Ironically, contemporaneous with Invasion, Tsai Chin was appearing as Fu Manchu’s evil daughter in Hammer’s Fu Manchu series – with the saturnine Christopher Lee as Fu (or Manchu, I get confused with Chinese names). You rarely see these movies today, as Lee was a Caucasian actor, playing a foreigner (with “slitty-eye” prosthetic makeup) – an absolute no-no, in these post-PC times.
But back to Eric. After Invasion, he never looked back. Like Tsai Chin, he is still working today (they probably know each other – she was at RADA about the same time – in fact, she was RADA’s first Chinese actor).
He never became a big star – but he has acted alongside most who have. He has played small roles in a lot of big movies – like “You Only Live Twice”, “Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom”, “Nixon” (he played Chairman Mao) – and about 50 others.
He has also had many TV roles, including in “The Champions”, “Crown Court”, “Tenco” (inevitably) – and both the original AND new “Hawaii-Five-O” series.
Yet Wiki has NOTHING on Ric – and IMDb, ALMOST nothing. Which is a shame, as Eric has been a mainstay of British and American TV and movies for nearly half a CENTURY now – he deserves better.